About Our People

The Ninilchik Village Tribe is the modern Alaska Native tribe of most of the southern Kenai Peninsula. Its descendants trace their roots from ancient peoples within its tribal boundaries. The tribe’s governing organization, the Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC), is the presiding body over tribal affairs and maintaining tribal sovereignty. Headquartered in Ninilchik, the Ninilchik Traditional Council provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries.

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Elections: Self-Governance by the People

Who do we elect?

The Ninilchik Traditional Council carries out elections for:

  • The NTC Council (Board of Directors)
  • Tribal court judges (currently inactive)
  • and any resolutions, initiatives, or amendments requiring a vote of the tribal membership
Council Election Cycle

Council seat terms are three years and staggered over three cycles, which means there is at least one council seat up for election each year.

Current Election Cycle:

2020-2023: R. Greg Encelewski, W. Dean Kvasnikoff
2021-2024: Jamie Leman
2022-2025: Whitney Schollenberg, Eric Kvasnikoff

The Role of a Voting Tribal Member

The definition of a voting tribal member is defined in Article VII of the Ninilchik Tribal Constitution as follows:
“Tribal members must be registered to vote in order to participate in any election of the Ninilchik Tribe. Only enrolled, full members who are direct, lineal descendants of families with ancestral ties to the village of Ninilchik, who are eighteen years of age or older and who reside within the State of Alaska shall be eligible to register to vote pursuant to provisions of the election ordinance. Other enrolled, full tribal members who do not have ancestral ties to the village of Ninilchik but who are registered to vote on August 17, 2004 shall be eligible to vote in all future tribal elections in accordance with provisions of the election ordinance. Tribal members who no longer reside in the State of Alaska shall lose their status as registered voters and are not eligible to vote.”

When and How to Vote

NTC Elections are held once a year prior to the Annual Meeting of the Tribal Membership and are conducted by mail-in ballot with a deadline of the second Monday of November. Results are posted by the Election Committee and are made official if uncontested after the deadline to contest.
All voting tribal members are encouraged to routinely maintain their contact information with the Tribal Services department in order to promptly receive important election material including notices and ballots.


Click below for NTC office and business locations, hours, and contact information.